Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails.

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?

Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?

We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?

In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.

Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.

What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.

Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.

In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can make? And the greatest?

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.

If you can copy a network without lifting your pen off the paper and without drawing any line twice, then it is traversable. Decide which of these diagrams are traversable.

Spotting patterns can be an important first step - explaining why it is appropriate to generalise is the next step, and often the most interesting and important.

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.

Euler discussed whether or not it was possible to stroll around Koenigsberg crossing each of its seven bridges exactly once. Experiment with different numbers of islands and bridges.

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number youâ€™re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?

Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?

This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.

Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?

How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?

Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.

Watch this animation. What do you see? Can you explain why this happens?

Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?

This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!

Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

Watch this video to see how to roll the dice. Now it's your turn! What do you notice about the dice numbers you have recorded?

Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?

Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?

This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.

It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!

Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws?

Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?